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Bible Journaling for Beginners: Watercolor + Lettering

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7 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction and Overview

    • 2. Basic Supplies for Bible Journaling

    • 3. Getting Started + Finding Inspiration

    • 4. Brush Lettering: Faux Calligraphy

    • 5. Watercolor Techniques for Bible Journaling

    • 6. Exercise: Putting It All Together

    • 7. Wrapping Up: Your Turn for the Class Project

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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn the basics of Bible Journaling including hand lettering and watercolor.

You’ve probably seen trending Instagram pictures and Pinterest posts of beautiful bible journaling, hand lettering and watercolor designs. Here I’ll introduce you to the basic supplies you’ll need to achieve your own work of art, as well as walk you through simple steps to create your own meaningful designs. From choosing scripture, to thinking about it creatively in order to make a beautiful design based off of it - you’ll learn the step by step process to delve deeper in scripture and create stunning art, too!

For your class project, you’ll create your own masterpiece.  (Bible not necessary - if you’d like to create your art on a separate piece of paper, card stock, journal or canvas, that’s totally fine, too!)


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1. Introduction and Overview: I'm actually, I am designer and artist. At this creative mess dot com, you can check out some of my work there or on Instagram. Um, we're head over to the FC shop where I've got a few things that you can look at, um, for the purpose of this class, I chose to do Bible journaling as a class for you because I have the opportunity to work with the youth of my church over a weekend retreat. And we got to spend time together on do Bible Journal E in terms of water, color and lettering and the results that the things that they created were just absolutely beautiful. And so I'm excited to share that here and share it with you and see what amazing things you create. And this is just a quick look at what they ended up creating from that weekend retreat, and they put it as an offering on our comedian table for the Sunday service. We thought that was really a beautiful way at to represent their work, and this lesson will look at some basic supplies that you'll need. We'll go over faux calligraphy. Um, will practice some basic watercolor techniques and will work on finding inspiration and putting your ideas to paper in basic supplies. I'll just share with you the tools that I use for my Bible journaling illustrations. And then we'll move on Teoh actually doing lettering and calligraphy with those tools. Well, look using watercolor four Bible journaling, specifically, how to use it within that medium of really thin paper album. But we'll go over some basic techniques as well. And then what kind of talk about the visual inspiration processes well as your own meditation in time for visualizing what it is that you're reading. And finally we will work on putting your ideas and your visualizations down on paper together. 2. Basic Supplies for Bible Journaling: So one of the most basic supplies that you only need to dio Bible journaling is just a simple pencil and any pencil dio I have this pack pencils from Michael's. My artists lost, but they are, um, various hardness. Hardness is and links. Um, you get that zoom in on the four age, but the H means is a reference to the heart. The hardness and I chose a higher before H because it's very light and you can erase it pretty easily. But feel free to use anything like, um and we'll be on to something more. After you've sketched an outline, you want to use a waterproof archival ink pen. I used my car on tens by sigma um, Sankara. Yeah, secures the company. You creates those. We've got different sizes. So they come in 013 and five For the purposes of this video, I'll be using with Size five, and we will get those in depth a little bit later. Beyond tens, you can use markers. I have a wide variety of Tom Bo markers that a dual end tests. One end of the tips iss this thinker brush pin, and it's kind of flexible on the other end is great for fine lines of the bullet tip, so those are great for getting some variations. It's in the art that you're making for the watercolor portion of this video. You will not need anything super fancy. I, um, have used a variety of water colors from the pans that you can get at Michael's. I've thought this set from prima marketings, their decadent pies collection. So this is called watercolor pans, so the paint is actually leave pans here. Um, liquid watercolors. Also an option to water colors. I am actually squeezed watercolor out of the tubes into a hand that I used pretty frequently Anyone. But you can use any water color whether there artists grade were student grain. Don't I feel like you need to go spend a ton of money on new supplies? Just use what you have, where can get your hands on, And it will be great for the purposes of rival juggling. To get started with painting your watercolors, there are a few different brushes you might want to get. You can use any brush. I recommend just a basic set. This is a size six Princeton that tune, it's Ah, um, pointed round brush. Um, it's great for having the tip for thin designs and then the thicker part to create some variations. You could get a flat brush like this flatten, but it is. It creates, um, good washes ingredient washes, which will go in depth in the watercolor technique section of the video. And then this is just a smaller version of that first brush I showed you. This is a size to Princeton. It's good for detailed work, but again, just any beginners, watercolor or acrylic brushes will be fine. I'm forgetting started. And last but not least, you don't have to have a Bible for Bible journaling. F E. If you want to use the Internet just to pull the Bible app, you can pull Scripture from there and take time to set with it. Before you dive into creating a design, you could create a design on watercolor paper. You can create our own just simple card stock. One thing to keep in mind if you're not using a Bible ISS that, um, it just depends on what paper you're using. Watercolor paper is going to be better suited for watercolors use a card stock, it would be a little thinner, and you might see world warping, which, actually, if you're going to be using a Bible Bible paper is notoriously said. So just know that this paper, well, buckle and more but just sort of a unique part of I will say this Bible isse from across way. It is a journal, you know, there was something in it Waits a journal in Bible. So it has calls that you can put your designs and we'll look a different ways to format and layout composed your designs and your administrations. But you can use any Bible. It doesn't have to be a Jordan Lee Violet is what doesn't have to have the columns. It's just a good option if you don't have one yet, that's a great one to get. I listed all of the supplies that amazing in this video, a handout that's down in the class project section so you can click on that link and get a great resource. I'll have the basic supplies. I'm listed out there for you 3. Getting Started + Finding Inspiration: and this lesson will go over choosing a passage or reverse the different ways that you can go about that. And we'll also look at Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Visually, the Bible journaling community has some great resource is already out there to get your creative wheels turning when you're looking for Scripture. And maybe you're just coming from a blank slate and don't know exactly what it is that you want to do. Yet there's a few different ways that you could go about it. You can just step blame to call the luck of the draw, but just open it up, see what you land on, or if you want to dive deeper and come from a place of a little more purpose, there is and should be, a topical index. Uh, so you can go through that and you know whether it's something you want to astley prayer or , um, the songs, you just go by topic that you want to study. Another really great resource is a commentary. Then you don't have one of those. They have free versions online that you can use. Um, and I will have a link to that in me hand out as well. So for visual inspiration, my favorite way to find things is with Pinterest. And this is my Bible journaling board that I will give you a link to and our freebie. But this is where I keep things, Um, for inspiration. You can see the types of things I gravitate towards. I'm a big lover of florals and color. Um, I particularly love the way that this one used on envelope er for sealing the Holy Spirit. I thought that was a really beautiful way to visualize that. So that's a pretty unique wayto look, a sealing the Holy Spirit. And you'll come up with your own ways of making that unique in your own in time. Um, I love this one for the way that it uses a simple doodle outline on a blank page, more or less. That's a great way to use your Bible pages. Another great way is to actually cover them in color. That's something I think we forget to do sometimes. And there are a lot of ways that you can do that. You can see that here. Um, watercolor, especially, is transparent so you can see through you don't lose the functionality of your Bible. You still have it for your quiet time and for prayer, even if you are covering it with your illustrations. Another place I love to get inspiration from is the Bible journaling community on instagram , and you'll see at the top a few different hashtag that you can search around on. But you could just give this a quick look through, um, and just soak in all of the beautiful illustrations that folks are already doing. 4. Brush Lettering: Faux Calligraphy: and this lesson will look at lettering. Whether you call it brush lettering, your hand lettering are calligraphy. Even we're gonna look a specific type in this lesson and something that breaks it down really easily that anyone can dio. But first, let's look at a few examples of brush. Letter Pinterest is a great place to get some inspiration for lettering. I love how simple this outline one is. There's a variety of ways that you can choose to do your lettering. These words can be art and themselves like I love this pineapple on using the words in the shape of the pineapple, and it's a really creative way. Teoh symbolize what you're trying to get across when it comes to creating calligraphy. You might be a little intimidated by the brush lettering process or how you get those thick and thin lines, but one way that I really love even knowing how to properly do it, I still fall back to doing it in this faux calligraphy style that I'm really excited to share with you. So to start, it's important that you recognize up strokes and down strokes. Um, there's probably two new words in terms of lettering to you, but upstroke simply means when your pen is going up and down. Stroke is when your pin or marker um, is coming down on a letter. So, for instance, making a curve that's up and down put a little note on it. And just knowing there's two simple categories of lettering will really help you go a long way in creating really pretty faux calligraphy as I'm going to show you here, Um, well, mark these down. I'm simply going to go back and on all the down strokes Adaline next to where I've already written the letters line and you can see I think in it just a little bit on those down strokes. And that creates that contrast for that really beautiful brush. Look, if we check it out up close, let's see it on a little bit of a larger scale, and we just go over real quickly. What? There's up and down Starks look like in an actual word example. So here we've got love just in a nice little cursive script. I'm so going down with your pin would be that set left side of the L coming up that would be an upstroke that you wouldn't want to add thickness to down on the O back around down on the V, where you would add thickness up. You would not. I'm going up. You're not going down. You will at thickness there. So those arrows air kind of a guide of down and up. Um, and just remembering you're adding that thickness onto the down stroke. You can see I'm adding a line to the right of the pre existing line to make that thickness , have judging it based on the placement. And then I go back in and fill it. So that's really all there is to it is going back and where you've made those two parallel lines and filling in the space in between. - And there you have it, a beautiful faux calligraphy that you can do for any word and in any way. I encourage you to practice this on your own right? Nail. Try a few different words. I'll put a few examples on the next page for you to try out. Let me know how you like it. 5. Watercolor Techniques for Bible Journaling: Okay, so let's start, um, with putting some paint to paper, I have a regular sized six brush on you could use any size to start. Does not be highly technical. I just want to show you how we get a radiant wash deal. So I am going to go pick up a little bit of Payne's. Gray is the shade that I'm picking up on my brush. Um, so I have did my brush in water. I ran it through Peyton's gray so it's pretty covered on saturated in color. And what I'm gonna do is just lay that color down and you can see it's pretty pigmented and to create a Grady int wash, that means you're going to go from dark toe light. So we're gonna take our brush. So I'm just gonna dip it in, get some of the color off. Um, so now it's more water. Start another wash and bleed into that first so you can see it kind of the water ends up doing some of the painting, which is pretty fun. Um, bringing that shade down in two the end of the patch. So after that dries, you'll start to see um we are. You can see the very you sure Yushin in the shading. Um so let's do another one. Another fun way to blend colors is what we call wet on wet, um, which is just taking. And so you'll be working on Bible pages More than likely. Um, so you don't want to use too much water because it will warp pages, putting some watered down. It's probably hard for you to see that, um, but I am just put in a light wash of water down, and then I'm gonna go over and pick up a little more of that Payne's gray again, and now we're going to drop it in, and this will be a different kind of blend because the water is already on the page and it's going Teoh, take that and blend it in its own really pretty way so we can drop it down. And since that's already wet, if we go get another color, let's just pick up some operas and drop it in. You can watch how they'll blend so you can play around with blending those colors. You could do a Grady in wash of the red, start with dark get some water on your brush, bring the water. And, yeah, I love the ingredient wash kind of run. And as it's drying or as it's spreading, um, you could come in with, say, Let's do this pretty like bright blue over here. Puts it on my brush and come in and put cabin. And since this was the kind of dryer side it mean up blend as much amusing a student grade paper, a supposed to an artist grade spreading Um, you could come in with, say, Let's do this pretty like bright blue over here, puts it on my brush and come in and put cabin. And since this was the kind of dryer side it mean up blend as much amusing a student grade paper, a supposed to an artist grade. So what that means is that doesn't necessarily have as much absorption as a better grade. Um, not that necessarily any of that matter since you'll be on buyable paper more than likely. But if you do use watercolor paper for any fund designs that you dio just know, that student grade paper doesn't hold water as well as artists, grade paper does, and for the benefits of practice. I generally use student grade. Um, it's a little less expensive, so you can see those blending end together. Um, and you can create a variety of really pretty designed that way. Um, real quick, Let's think about what a sunset might look like. So if you think about the way of sunset looks, you kind of have that really deep, beautiful red at the base, right? Right where the sky touches the earth. Um, so bring that in. You got that? Then clean our brush off and pick up a little bit of an orangey color, and we're gonna blend that into the rent because you hear the pink. I should say, um, you know how that changes with that blend done. And then we're gonna pick up some really pretty yellow and lay it on top of the orange next to it should say, And that that come in and get enough water on my brush? Yeah, that out. And so you can see that starting toe blend. Um, now that I think about it, I kind of think I should have done each other one. We drop down from yellow for the setting sun right down at the bottom. If I still can. A little bit a little bit. So it's kind of like that sun setting. We can get some pigment in there and you'll see what this is. A water color bloom. I don't know if you concede e that terribly well. But generally in traditional watercolor, you try to avoid having a bloom, but I think it adds early, cute, modern kind of look toe. Have a blend, Claire Bloom. I'm sorry, um, in there. And you can achieve that by dropping blur into an already somewhat dry stretch of color. Su and then we would just put a base. And so, you know, if this is sunset, if I've gotten dark, you could just have, you know, a black base for the, um Well, I should have waited for that to dry job, actually, Um, where you pretend like this is, See, we work with our mistakes, So there's, like, a nice watch of ocean. Right? So add a little bit. Have some, You gray head boom. Look at that. Yellow bleeding into the ocean. A perfect reflection. Yeah, all isn't that nice. So work with your men stakes. I am full of them all the time. But this is just a fun way to get some color in your Bible journaling. Um, and I would encourage you to practice different layers. Different. Um um, patterns of color. See what you like. You can really see the different way these have blended together. The last thing I want to show you is, um, kind of the different ways you can use your brush to make marks because I think that we get caught up a lot with trying to make certain shapes but actually knowing what the brush is capable of to begin with, it's really good. So this is a size six round, um, pointed brush that you can see the point on the end. Um, I recommend this if you're getting started with Bible journaling just because it gives you some very variations. So with the pointed tips, you can make really thin pretty lines. Um, but you can also, because it's a round brush, start thin and push down for some variation and bring back up. You make some leaves that way. Um, what? Playing around with what your brush is capable of getting used to the varying pressures that can make different thicknesses of lines really recommend doing that. If you want to make, um, some circles, um, me pick up a little more color. So you want Teoh. Keep your fingers kind of stable but relaxed. Um, and you can generally move your paper as you need to come. If you're making a shape, you might not want to run into some of your previous work if it's still wet. Um, if you move your fingers on the brush and change your grip as you're doing your shape, your lines will be a little bit shakier, and you won't be able to control the pressure that you're putting into it. So try to hold the same grip throughout which I'm still not great at. But if I were to change my grip, you know where we kind of get that shakiness. So that's something to just try to be relaxed, but also hold a stable approach on your brush to get a nice clean line. So play around, um, with mark making know that you can use the tip for just a little dot. You can use the tip to make very thin strokes. You can push down to make thicker strokes. I need some more color that better, thicker strokes, um, and then kind of play with it. So thin that then then Teoh, Then just play around with what your brush is capable of and what that feels like to you, Um, so that you can get an idea of the different shapes and textures that you can create. 6. Exercise: Putting It All Together: so walking through this process, I'd like to dio an example from Psalm 1 36 The redundant theme in this passage is his steadfast love endures forever. So for me, I think that's such an important thing to remember that God's love endures infinitely. Um and so I'm gonna take a few minutes, teach out what I kind of see. I think of abundant, um, and fulfillment. And in a artistic way, I really want this to be full of really beautiful flowers, really beautiful vines representing the flourishing of God's goodness. So for the first step in unit takes a little bit of time to sketch out in pencil in pencil . What? I want this to look like. Okay, so next I'm going to work on outlining this with my waterproof micron pens that don't make sure that when I put the water color down, it doesn't believe later. Once your design has been outlining, you want to take a thick piece of card stock or cardboard? Um, whatever you have to put behind your paper, um, just to protect the other sheets from getting water down onto them kind of preserves your other pages for future painting So let's start putting paint on paper. Um, there isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to do this. Do you want to make sure that you have a good amount of pigment and see if I can show you my brush if it'll bring it and focus, Um, if it will or not, there's a good amount of pigment on my brush and not too much water. I tend to work in sections doing parts that I know I want darker. First, you don't have to do it that way. It's just just my tendency to work from light to dark with watercolor. Um, I am going to spend some time nibbling these colors down, and we can wait for this to dry a little bit, Um, and when it does, I might go back in and add in a little bit more detail. Maybe some darker shading on the leaves, um, or some kind of highlights with the flowers. There's a lot of different things you can do to kind of bring it out of the pages. Well, for this one, I just stuck to keeping it in the column, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Um, everything in life. Just, um, like with lettering is a process. Right? So this isn't my favorite lettering in the world, but it's in perfect, and that's okay. Um, every time you do it, it gets better this time. I think that I was a little two quick with my pencil marks. Um, so just be patient. Take your time. Um, it's okay to make mistakes. This apple has how maney gauges. Um, almost 1400. So that's plenty of pages for mistakes and learning and growth and breakthroughs. So I encourage you to spend some time with the scripture, take time to think on it, pray on it, close your eyes and visualize what you see when you think on it. Um, anything about how you can translate that from your mind to the paper. 7. Wrapping Up: Your Turn for the Class Project: and this final video will talk about wrapping up, um, with your class project and for your class project. I encourage you to create your own Bible journaling page. I encourage you to create many, but please feel free. I invite you to please share your creations. I think that this is a great place. Teoh have community and share with one another. You could get feedback for me from others. Just a really encouraging space. And to help you get started, I've posted a handout. It's a pdf with my resource is the things that I used lynx Teoh commentaries to my Bible journaling Pinterest board I shared with you off the other things we touched on. It's all there in the handout And if you have any questions at all, please know that I am here. I am excited to get in touch with you. I'm excited to hear from you. I'm excited to answer any questions. You can shoot me an email Ashleigh, at this creative nest, stop com or papa for to my website. I have a contact form over there, but I really look forward to hearing from you. And I hope that this has been a valuable class